I see Blue Water exploding with Todd. Todd is very apt. He knows how to find deals. I see it really going several levels above where it was at the time he took the reigns. I’d say that this, in my prediction, will be the fastest-growing company in Delmarva. From where it’s going now, it’ll get there; we will multiply 10 times in the next 10 years. Maybe even quicker.
The most exciting thing to me about this is that we're all a part of the Blue Water story, and the chapters to follow. It all started in such a different place than where it is now … and it’s become a living, breathing thing that we all are so passionate about. And I’m a part of story, which is something that I am very proud of.
What’s awesome about all this is that we're privy to living in these two worlds each day here. I get to see the past and the future right outside my door with Jack sharing where we came from and why they made the choices they did. And he is the one that is right there, when we're ready to jump, making sure that we all don't jump into too-deep of waters. Where there's Todd, who can't find a tall enough cliff to jump off of! And to the team, old and new, that's an exhilarating challenge. You’re watching the future/past all the time and it makes all of us stronger, as co-workers and really, Blue Water family. Because that's exactly what we are, in and outside of these doors.
One of the things I am most prideful about Blue Water is our commitment to be good partners in the communities we invest in. Not only do we select high barrier markets which is a challenge within itself, we invest in the community. We add jobs to the local market, work with local contractors and partner with nonprofits and civic organizations to help them accomplish their goals and build success, together. Building a property is the easy part, it's how our experience not only services our customers, but impacts a community that's one of the key elements to creating a great destination. And that, is what takes you from good to great in my book.
Todd’s gift is his ability to communicate all levels. Whether he’s talking to a bank, whether he’s talking to a landowner, he makes people feel comfortable. And that’s why he’s such a great deal maker. He has incredible instincts, as well, but he doesn’t come in and intimidate people.
What attracted me to Blue Water was the entrepreneurial spirit that Todd and Jack have. And also that you have this combination of old guard and new guard — this revered, respected, experienced gentleman, and then you have his son who is this ball of energy just ready to conquer the world. In Ocean City, so many times the second and third or fourth generation just never lives up to the generation that actually built and created something. It’s the exact opposite here. Jack has given Todd a launching pad, and Todd’s going to take it from there to the next stratosphere. He works incessantly to do it. He’s one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. Alongside Jack.
I hope people will see we’re good stewards and good citizens in the communities we work in. With the campgrounds and the hotels, we partner with local small businesses. That’s what we try to with everybody. We try to spread the wealth. Frankly, I’m proud of every single thing we’ve done.